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Closing Malaysia gender gap in farming brings stronger economy to region

(WNN/SD) Penang, MALAYSIA, ASIA: Productivity losses due to the agriculture ”gender gap” are straining global economies, a conference has heard. This was the consensus of gender scientists and agricultural researchers at a workshop in Malaysia that aimed to develop an agenda for gender transformative research for the agricultural sector.
 
The conference, held in Penang this month, was convened by the CGIAR Consortium. According to Paula Kantor, a senior gender scientist at the Malaysia-based WorldFish, gender disparities persist in “access to resources, markets and technologies, even after decades of research and interventions on gender”.

Gender equity contributes to a disaster resilient society

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) was observed at the weekend with a rally and seminar held at the University of Dhaka. Participating in the rally was WorldFish Bangladesh and the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation.

Gender transformative approach crucial for successful agricultural development

Despite decades of agricultural research and development efforts, the challenges of poverty and hunger persist. Experts now recognize that effectively integrating gender issues in such projects will help to improve food security, wellbeing and equity.

Transformative Gender Research by Rachel Kyte

Message from Rachel Kyte, Chair of CGIAR Fund Council and World Bank Vice President of Sustainable Development

VIDEO: Rachel Kyte sends a message to the Transformative Gender Research Workshop

Rachel Kyte, Chair of the CGIAR Fund Council and World Bank Vice Presicent of Sustainable Development, sends a video message to the Building Coalitions, Creating Change workshop to highlight gender disparities in agricultural development. "Globally, only 10-20% of land owners are women, and in many countries that number is even lower. Female farmers tend to have smaller plots with poorer soils," she says.

Conversation on Gender Research

Stephen Hall and Patrick Dugan sit down to have a candid conversation about the state of gender research, and where they see the future of research for development heading in a gender transformative way. This is in response to the upcoming workshop, 'Building Coalitions, Creating Change', on gender research for agricultural development being held at the WorldFish headquarters in Penang, Malaysia from the 3rd to the 5th of October.

 

Gender transformative change - a key to lasting agricultural development impact

Despite decades of agricultural research and development efforts, the challenges of poverty and hunger persist. There is a growing recognition that integrating gender issues effectively in such efforts will help to improve food security, wellbeing and equity.

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